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This is my best friend named Princess. She’s 11 years old and a rescue from the San Juan animal shelter in San Juan, Puerto Rico. ❤️ she more photogenic than she thinks!

Familiars

What are Familiars?

The concept of Familiars can be found in European Folklore dating back to the early Medieval period. Familiars have appeared throughout history in multiple forms but often being in the form of an animal such as cats, dogs, birds, reptiles, and amphibians. Some cases even describe them in human form or humanoid form. Others even describe them as being faeries.

Familiars are described as being companions to witches and assist them in their magickal work. In early times, familiars were feared to be lesser demons that fed from the blood of witches and assisted in malevolent magic. They were even considered to be imps, bestowed upon witches by the Devil. Many cats were killed around the time of the Black Plague which only brought more death in Europe. The cats would eat the mice and rats carrying the fleas that spread the Plague. The mass murder of cats caused an increase in the flea population leading to more deaths. Almost poetic justice.

How do you choose a Familiar?

Familiars are not chosen; they choose the person. Typically, a strong link or connection is felt between the person and their Familiar. This can be with any animal the person feels an affinity to but in modern times, is typical a household pet. These pets are treated as a member of the family and are often considered magickal partners.

However, some people do not discover their Familiar in the physical realm but instead accumulate pictures, statuary, or other research of an animal or creature that they feel strongly drawn to. This can be a Familiar that has reached out to you from the astral plane.

You may also have more than one Familiar. It is not uncommon to have a connection to multiple Familiar Spirits as they all may have a different function in your life to better assist you.

Magickal Workings with Familiars:

As partners in the Craft, Witches tend to treat their Familiars with respect, love, and wisdom. You can learn a lot from having a Familiar, such as patience, love, understanding, partnership, respect, and gratitude. These creatures can not only teach us about ourselves and our own Craft but also about nature and the Universe.

They can assist you in ritual or with spells by bringing with them a certain mood or tone you wish to set within Circle. They are able to enter and exit the Circle without breaking the energy surrounding you. Sometimes, they allow you to use their fur, scales, and nail clippings within your magickal work.

Familiars are beneficial mentally and emotionally. They provide stress relief and help keep people emotionally balanced. They tend to know our moods and will often act on a course of judgement to put their partners (us) in the right frame of mind so that we can continue with our path.

Familiars can also assist us on the astral plane. Since they live between worlds, they can enter with us on our shamanic journeys. In this plane. They may appear in a different form or even be able to speak. They can guide us to the answers we seek in our Craft.

Honoring Your Familiar:

Familiars are our partners, not our servants. The idea of a Familiar and their role in the Witch’s Craft has greatly changed over time. At first, Familiars were believed to be servants to Witches, doing their bidding without hesitation. Since the New Age, that thinking has changed. It is accepted that we show our gratitude towards our guides and honor them. This can be as easy as giving them love and attention during the day.

I, personally, spend time with my Familiar every morning and every night. I give him love and affection, I brush his fur, I brush his teeth, I keep him fed and healthy, etc. I also keep a small statue on my altar just for him. You can even work with Familiar Magic which helps strengthen your bond. Brown is the traditional color for Familiars if you wish to use candle magic. There are also stones and herbs that show your appreciation. Go out and buy your kitty a new toy or some catnip. Or you can get your dog a new rawhide.

Protecting your Familiar:

Most people look at the Familiar as their protector. They are protectors but they also need it too. You can place protective amulets or charms on their collar. I actually enchanted my Familiar’s collar so he would be protected even when I’m not home. I also have a certain space for him in the house where he can go to a be protected. You can do this by enchanting their bed.

Protection Enchantment

Materials:

  • Collar (blank or with symbols)
  • Brown Candle
  • Salt
  • Bowl of Water
  • Incense such as mugwort or St. John’s Wort for protection and calming
  • Markers (optional)

Begin by creating a salt and water protection Circle around you (and your Familiar if present). You may cast any Circle you wish. At this time, state your intention within the Circle and light your candle and incense. If you have chosen a blank collar, you may wish to draw your own protection sigils upon it or you can simply proceed with the next step.

Pass the collar through the four elements. Sprinkle the color with the Salt of the Earth and state your intention.

Pass the collar over the flame, but not too closely, and state your intention

Sprinkle the collar with the water and state your intention.

Pass the collar through the smoke of the incense and state your intention.

The collar has no been imbued with the power of protection from the four elements and is ready to be worn by your Familiar.


I would like to introduce my own Familiar as I find him quite the character. His name is Salem, a 2 year old Tuxedo who rescued me from the animal shelter. He loves creating magick with me! I’d love to see pictures of everyone’s Familiars if they would like to share!

These Dogs That Comforted Each Other In Shelter Have Now Found A Caring Forever Home Together

12 TYPE SECRETS OF THE INFP PERSONALITY

1. INFPs have a deep need to feel inspiration, passion and meaning.

INFPs desire a certain level of emotional intensity, so they may unconsciously seek out relationships, books, poetry, music, travel, or charity work that evoke strong feelings. When the passion or intrigue fades, INFPs may find themselves feeling restless and dissatisfied.

2. INFPs are deeply in touch with their values and emotions.

Their dominant function — which is their preferred way of thinking — is introverted feeling, so INFPs are profoundly in touch with their emotions and personal values. They make decisions by asking themselves, “What feels right for me?” Generally non-judgmental and gentle, INFPs may react strongly if they feel their personal values are being violated. Other personality types, especially dominant “thinking” types like ENTJs or ESTJs, may demand to know the rationale behind the INFP’s thinking process. When INFPs explain that they “just feel a certain way,” other types may criticize them, because their decisions appear to lack logical evidence. This can leave INFPs feeling invalidated, and they may even begin to doubt themselves and their cherished decision-making process.

3. INFPs want to connect with the essence of life.

INFPs are often lovers of nature who hike trails or spend time in the wilderness in an effort to passionately connect with what they see as the basic essence of life, writes Dr. A. J. Drenth, creator of the blog Personality Junkie. Especially early in life, INFPs may become lone wanderers, as they travel and explore one place after another. They’re usually content with rather simple or Bohemian living arrangements, perhaps furnishing their homes with second-hand furniture and decor. Extravagant vacations, designer clothes and fine meals aren’t a priority.

4. Creative expression is the life blood of the INFP.

INFPs often excel at writing, music, or other forms of creative expression, because art allows them to express feelings authentically, says personality profiler Antonia Dodge, co-owner of Personality Hacker, in a podcast about INFPs. INFPs may not be able to articulate their deep, personal feelings, but they can create a painting or write a novel to immerse other people in their emotional experience, whether it’s an emotional experience related to their own feelings, the feelings of another person they’ve come in contact with, or on a much wider scale, the feelings of the human experience in general.

5. INFPs are healers of emotional wounds.

In the Keirsey Temperament system, the INFP is nicknamed “the healer,” because INFPs care deeply about the inner lives of other people. According to the Keirsey web site, “Their great passion is to heal the conflicts that trouble individuals, or that divide groups, and thus to bring wholeness, or health, to themselves, their loved ones, and their community.” Their ability to heal springs from their deep understanding of emotions, their caring nature, and their ability to see things from a unique perspective.

6. The downside is, sometimes other people dump their problems on them.

Unfortunately, because of their superpower for healing emotional wounds, and because they outwardly appear receptive and non-judgmental, INFPs often end up serving as a dumping ground for other people’s problems, writes Dr. Drenth. This can give them a sense of emotional heaviness, and in fact, many INFPs regularly have an air of melancholy about them.

7. When INFPs feel passionate about something — watch out!

INFPs may see themselves as reluctant heroes. One minute, they’re strolling through life, then the next minute, they’re stumbling across a person who needs their help. With their idealism driving them on, INFPs can be truly unstoppable, says Dodge. That’s why this type has accomplished great things — think Joan of Arc, who, as a teenager with no military training, led the French army to victory over the British during the Hundred Years’ War. Other famous INFPs include Princess Diana, Audrey Hepburn, Fred Rogers, John Lennon, Kurt Cobain, Tori Amos, William Shakespeare, Helen Keller and Isabel Briggs Myers (creator of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator), according to Truity.com.

INFPs are often found helping people who are sick, disabled, or in need, writes Dr. Drenth. INFPs love rescuing the helpless — for example, they might adopt abandoned pets from an animal shelter, or they may take up special causes that have affected them personally, such as raising money for research for a rare disease.

On the other hand, if INFPs don’t feel a sense of conviction, they tend to shut themselves off from the world. For INFPs, “when it doesn’t matter, it doesn’t matter. But when it matters…it matters big,” says Joel Mark Witt, co-owner with Dodge of Personality Hacker.

8. INFPs don’t want just any job.

INFPs are not particularly driven by money or status on the job. What they really care about is doing work that aligns with their personal values and allows them to help others and contribute to the greater good. Because they’re highly individualistic, they may struggle to work for a company or organization they don’t personally believe in. INFPs are motivated by vision and inspiration, so they may become restless and unhappy if they have to do routine work often. Their ideal job allows them to express their individuality and takes advantage of their ability to see unique solutions. They enjoy working independently and having a measure of control over how and when they complete projects. As they experiment in life, try new things, and find themselves, INFPs will narrow their interests and be better equipped to find work that resonates with them on a personal level.

9. Their friends and partners must have congruent values.

In relationships, INFPs are loyal, nurturing and empathic. They choose romantic partners and friends carefully, looking for a strong emotional bond and similar values. Self-aware and often spiritual, INFPs tend to be open-minded and accepting of another’s preferences and behavior, as long as their own core principles are not violated. They strongly support their friends’ and partners’ individuality, and they encourage them to explore their own ideas and interests.

10. They shy away from conflict.

Naturally sensitive and highly relational, INFPs have a strong need for close, harmonious relationships. They’re always looking for ways to compromise and accommodate other people, according to Truity.com, and they’re generally quite skilled at finding creative solutions to interpersonal problems. Confronting someone else can be difficult for them, so they may ignore problems or keep negative reactions to themselves.

11. INFPs can lead through inspiration.

As introverts, they prefer to stay out of the spotlight. But INFPs can become leaders in another way — by profoundly inspiring others. They can use their passion, authenticity, and natural abilities of creative expression and communication to get others excited about causes they believe in.

12. They way an INFP can grow is by having new experiences and experimenting.

Their second function, extroverted intuition, is a learning process that “sees behind the curtain,” so to speak. It perceives patterns in the INFP’s experiences and makes connections that aren’t necessarily obvious or inherent by definition. It asks “what if?” and sees possibilities. The way INFPs can grow and develop themselves on a personal level is by using this process to explore, make connections, and learn new things. For INFPs, this may mean traveling to new places, taking classes to learn new skills, joining groups or clubs to meet new people, or feeding their appetite for new information by reading or exploring the arts. The more INFPs have new experiences, the more they will add to their deep understanding of the human condition and emotions.

ALTERNATIVES TO ZOOS AND AQUARIUMS

  • Watch nature movies, documentaries and TV shows that show animals in their natural habitats.
  • Explore nature photography online or in books or, better yet, take your own camera and start photographing birds and other animals in your own neighborhood.
  • Get outside and visit your local conservation areas and parks. Even in the biggest cities, a wide range of animals call them home.
  • Set up a bird feeding station in your yard or on your apartment balcony. Once the birds know it’s there, you can watch them for hours.
  • Become a regular bird watcher and you’ll be astounded at the number of birds that live nearby.
  • Become a bat watcher.
  • Visit, volunteer at, or support sanctuaries that provide homes for abandoned, abused and neglected animals. Do some research first to make sure they are legitimate sanctuaries and not zoos.
  • Visit, volunteer at, or support a wildlife rescue and rehabilitation center.
  • Adopt an animal from an animal shelter or volunteer to walk dogs or socialize cats.
  • Get involved in outdoor activities, like hiking, canoeing, and camping. You can see lots of wildlife while you’re doing a fun activity. Nearly every town and city have outdoor clubs you can join.
  • Visit a science center or museum that features displays about the natural world.
Her Name is Spooky// Josh Dun

It was a lazy Saturday, so you and your boyfriend Josh were curled up on your couch. Your head resting in his lap lazily watching Netflix together; when all of a sudden you had an idea dawn on you. “We should get a pet. Like a pet fish or something like that.” You sat up, smile beginning to spread across your lips. “It would be awesome, almost like our little aquatic child.” You laughed, smile going from ear to ear as you looked at a very confused Josh.

              “Okay, when did you start loving fish? And where would he live? In a cup?” This caused your excitement levels to drop, as neither of you really had the equipment for fish, let alone experience with them. “It doesn’t seem hard to do, but we need a tank and everything.” Josh shrugged, sliding his arm around your shoulders and pausing the show that was currently playing. “If you’re sure about this though, we can go to the pet store to see what they have.” His final statement brought your excitement levels right back up, as you bounded off the couch and nearly sprinted to your room to get dressed.

              “Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!” You had been excitedly thanking Josh the entire ride to the mall; for some reason the idea of a little family with Josh made your heart swell. Even if the child was a goldfish. “I’m so excited, what kind of fish should we get? What will we name it? This will be so cool.” You felt like a kid on Christmas as you two pulled up to the mall.

              “Y/N, are you really thinking of names and tank designs before we even get the fish?” Josh laughed, sliding out of the car. “We might not even get a fish today, we have to set the tank up first.” You let out a small huff, you knew he had a point. But that wasn’t about to stop you from gazing away at the various fish in the store. Sliding your hand into Josh’s, you walked through the mall until you reached the glowing green sign reading “Pet Central”. “You’re going to run off to look at the fish, aren’t you?” Josh laughed as you let go of his hand to find where they were hiding your future pet. “Go on, I’ll figure out the tank situation myself.” You heard Josh laugh from somewhere behind you, though you were too determined to find what you wanted to see.

              Once finding the tanks of fish, you gazed into them. Watching as the various breeds swam around in unison; each doing their own thing. You were completely mesmerized, you loved the colours of the fish and how well they looked against the dark background of the tank. Though a soft ‘meow’ pulled you out of your thoughts, you looked over your shoulder to see a black and gray cat laying in a cage behind you. Looking like it wanted to cuddle with someone. Though you and Josh have discussed getting a cat one day, you refused to buy one from a pet store. You would much rather go rescue a cat from the animal shelter, than risk supporting a cat breeding mill.

              “Sorry dude, I’m getting a fish.” You mumbled to the cat, trying to ignore its loving green eyes. Turning your attention back to the fish, you heard the cat make a sound once again; nearly begging for your attention. “Really dude, you’ll find a good home. Just not with me.” At this point you turned right around, watching the cat sprawl out on its side, paws poking out of the cage a little. “If only you weren’t in a pet store.” You mumbled to yourself, a feeling building in the pit of your stomach. You wanted to hold the cat and let it snuggle against you, purrs vibrating its body. But you were looking for a fish, and this cat was being sold in a pet store, not an animal shelter.

              “I see Spooky has taken a liking to you.” An employee walked over, sticking their finger in-between the bars to give ‘Spooky’ a scratch behind the ears. “The poor girl got dumped with her brother and sisters a year ago at the shelter. She was the only one without a single dot of white on her; probably why she didn’t get adopted.” The employee gave the cat a small, sad smile. “Doesn’t make you any less beautiful though Spooks.” The story made your heart melt, you knew darker coloured cats were adopted less than their lighter coloured counterparts.

              “She was from the shelter?” You asked, taking a step forward, putting your fingers to the bars to let the cat sniff you. “Hi Spooky, you’re a silly one aren’t you?” You softly laughed as the cat went on to lick your fingers.

              “Spooky has quite the personality. She’ll love almost anyone who comes her way. Also answering your question, yes she was brought to us from the shelter in hopes of her getting adopted. The shelter only has so much room, and her being there for a year didn’t help.” You felt heart melt as your fingers brushed against Spooky’s soft black fur. “I’ll be right back, I need to talk to someone.” You mumbled, making your way around the store to look for Josh. Standing on your tip toes to see over the shelves, you saw the familiar poof of red hair in 2 isles over.

              “Josh. Josh. Josh.” You repeated, walking over to him. “Put the fish stuff down.” You stated, receiving a confused look in return.

              “You don’t want a fish anymore?” He asked, slowly putting the equipment he gathered back to their rightful spots.

              “I want Spooky.” You smiled, taking his hand and leading him to the cage where the beautiful cat lay. “Meet Spooky. She was given to the shelter a year ago with her brother and sisters and didn’t get adopted. I love her and she loves me and we need to get her.” You demanded, giving Josh an innocent smile as he began to comprehend all the information you just relayed to him.

              “You now want a cat, not a fish? You want Spooky, and if I had to guess you’re going to ask that we get her today.” Josh grinned, softly petting Spooky’s outstretched leg.

              “Pretty please?” You mumbled, sliding your arms around his torso, resting your head against his arm. “Spooky would forever love you. And you two could be Spooky twins.” You whispered, watching as your boyfriend lovingly looked at the cat in front of him.

              “Well, where’s the cat supplies isle? I’m in.” He smiled at you, causing you to hug him tighter in excitement. An hour of shopping later, and a car ride home you two introduced Spooky to the home she’d be calling hers.

              “Here you go Spooks, this is your new home.” Josh smiled, opening the door to the kitty carrier you had brought her home in. You two watched as the cat took a timid step out of the cage, looking around suspiciously at her surroundings. “Let’s watch Netlix, let her adapt at her own pace.” Josh suggested, walking over to the couch. Little had he realized his new companion following right behind. As soon as Josh sat on the couch Spooky jumped up, finding herself comfy snuggling up against Josh’s torso. “I feel like she’s happy with us.” Josh laughed, rubbing the cat’s neck.

              “I feel like that too.” You smiled, sitting beside the two, curling up against Josh as you watched Spooky close her green eyes with complete content.

anonymous asked:

I really like yoir blog so I thought I'll ask you this. I think there is not enough photos of Colin with animals. Could you post some, preferably with cats if there are any? Thank you so much.

Hallo dear anon! Thank you for liking my blog and writing it, it’s so kind of you, thanks!
Colin does have several cats (joanie, agostino…) and dogs (dino, nero, bianca, biagio) all of them rescued from animal shelters :)

However, I could not find any picture of him with his cats. So sorry, because I would so love to see him holding one, or all of them =D

Here are a couple of pictures of Colin with dogs, and those in the first one were said to be his parents in law’s dogs :)

Okay, maybe some of you will find this helpful if you’re writing a fic (TFC/AFTG or otherwise) with adopting cats since, especially in the States.

  • Shelters don’t usually allow pets to be adopted unless they’re spayed or neutered. In the past, female kittens were spayed at 6 months old (at least) and if you adopted one younger, they would be after you to bring them back/get them spayed at that point, while male kittens can be neutered at a younger age. Now it’s determined that cats can be spayed/neutered (if healthy) after 8 weeks, and shelters want it done as soon as possible rather than risk them leaving and owners not following through. Older cats will be spayed/neutered before adoption. (So if you have one of the cats getting pregnant, it would have to be a rescue or not from an animal shelter)
  • There’s usually a fair amount of cats without claws in shelters - a mistaken belief in the US that cats are too destructive with their claws and need their front ones removed, and few people understanding the process. Which means that some of these cats have behavioral issues which in return lead to them being abandoned. (Yes, I can rant a long time about declawing). At least now a lot of vets (or the good ones) will not push for the procedure.
  • Shelters will also press for owners to keep their cats inside/be against owners who will let their animals outside. There’s a lot of reasons in the States why you don’t want to let your cat outside, especially in urban areas.
  • Shots - rabies shots are MANDATORY. Distemper is required, at least for the first few years, depending on your vet and definitely that outdoor thing. Maybe even a few others.  Needless to say, you’re going to the vet a couple of times for a new kitten, and once a year for a cat.
  • Most (all?) shelters also microchip their animals, have been doing it for years (it’s been common since the late 90s at least). Vets will recommend it be done, too. Simple procedure, though you may or may not get a call if a shelter picks up your pet. You need to keep your address and phone number up to date.

Uhm, I think that’s it. Sorry of it seems redundant or silly, but just some things I thought people who don’t own or haven’t adopted a cat might not pick up on.

saedunkai  asked:

Some are waaay too easy and obvious, but anyway - OTP ask: 11, 23, 4, 3

Hey ❤️❤️❤️ Thank you for the ask! I know some of these answers are a little silly and slightly ooc but these were a nice distraction so thank you so much 😊

23: Who comes home from work to see that the other one bought a puppy?

I actually can see Levi maybe adopting a puppy under certain circumstances. I could see him out Christmas shopping at the mall and sometimes there will be some volunteers from he animal shelter trying to find homes for rescued dogs. I can see Levi falling for one of the little mutts there and bringing it home. I think he really has a soft spot for animals.

11: If they were about to rob a museum, which one does backflips through lasers and which one is strolling behind with a bag of chips?

Lol I’m not sure in this one XD I mean this is an odd situation 😂 I guess Levi could be the thief and Erwin’s security guard who’s in on the heist so he’s pretending not to notice by walking around eating the chips?


4: Which one tells the other not to stay up all night and which one stays up all night anyway?

Of course it’s Erwin who stays up binge watching something on Netflix when he has work in the morning. He pays for it the next morning when Levi kicks him out of bed literally lmao


3: Who walks around the house half-naked and who yells at them to put on some clothes?

I can see Levi being a multi-tasker and try to get the cleaning done while also doing the laundry so he does the housework in his underwear. Erwin has a lot of trouble concentrating on his work not to mention the fact that all the blinds are open. Erwin notices a lot of their female neighbors choose to walk their dogs or go jogging when Levi is cleaning the windows inside. After a picture of Levi ends up in Instagram, Erwin ends up hiring a cleaning lady part time lol

☺ cute & crafty: no-sew hand tied fleece ideas! ☺

If your sorority is looking for fun, a no mess project for a recruitment philanthropy round, sisterhood social, big/little reveal, donation project, or your next chapter retreat ~ it’s hard to beat the easiness of no-sew fleece crafting! With colorful fleece, a pair of scissors and patient knotting, a super cute gift or donation can be yours. Here are some sorority sugar top ideas for fleece goodies… 

The classic hand tied blanket: 

Pretty throw pillow:

Comfy pet bed:

Quick & easy hand tied fleece scarf: 

No-sew fleece cap: 

Fancy fleece decorated flip flops: 

Fleece pom poms for garlands, cat toys, or ponytail bands:

Hand tied dog chews:

Fleece kid’s toys & accessories:

✥ All of these projects are fantastic for family & children’s charities, women’s shelters, hospital related philanthropies, pet rescue centers, animal shelters, senior centers and more! xoxo ;)

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anonymous asked:

What pets would the overwatch characters have?

Yes I’m so here for this shit

Gengi - Either a bird or a snake, he finds both of them to be very intriguing creatures

McCree - He’s got an armadillo and no one can convince me otherwise.

Pharah - She likes to train flacons in her spare time and probably has raised a few, too.

Reaper - He’s got one of those really grumpy cats that looks like it’s a super villain.

Soldier 76 - Dogs, dogs, and more dogs. All of them are rescues from a local animal shelter. He wants a cat but he’s really allergic and can’t have one.

Tracer - She’s got a bunny that she likes to dress up and put bows on its ears.

Bastion - He’s got Ganymede and he’s very happy with him.

Hanzo - He has a beautiful fish tank full of exotic fish.

Junkrat - Probably a raccoon that he found in the trash as a baby. That or a three-legged dog he found on a street.

Mei - Definitely a Samoyed. Visually they go together very well.

Torbjörn - He’s got a ferret that steals his shit all the time. He always threatens to get rid of it but never does.

Widowmaker - She’s got a snake that she likes to give live food to, loving to watch it hunt down and eat its prey.

D.Va - She’s got a yorkie that runs off with her bags of chips and eats them under the sofa. It is very fat.

Reinhardt - Same as Soldier 76.

Roadhog - I mentioned him taking care of a stray cat in a past post and am still sticking with it.

Winston - Lizards. He has a bunch of different species and loves to take notes on how they each react to the same thing in their own ways.

Zarya - She’s got one of those massive Caucasian Mountain Dogs that she can pick up and carry around like a baby.

Lúcio - He’s got a bunch of those cute tiny tree frogs.

Mercy - She loves doves.

Symmetra - Same as Hanzo

Zenyatta - Cats love to sleep on him and so does Gengi’s bird. He’s got a soft spot for both.

For an anon who requested the BFT meeting their S/O in a random coffeehouse. I accidentally deleted your ask -.-

Coffee shop in question: Mocha Monkey, actually voted the best coffeehouse in my home state

France France was singing his heart out, just like every time he was up here. He’d scan the crowd, seeing them as one instead of individual people. That was when he noticed you, tapping a fork along to the song. His heart skipped a beat. Just then, you made eye contact with him and smiled. He managed to smile back before looking away. For the rest of the performance, he looked everywhere but where you were, doing his best to concentrate on the song. However, all he could focus on was getting your number after the performance was over.

When their performance was finally over, France jumped off the stage. The crowd was thick, everyone getting a coffee or muffin before the next person would go up. He was frantic to reach you before you disappeared, getting more nervous as he got closer, finally reaching you and uttering, “Would you mind if I sat here?” To his immense relief, you turned out to be nice – and, as he later discovered, you were really cool too.

Prussia Being a barista was an interesting job, Prussia mused. Whether it was the oddity who wanted cherry ice cream and hot fudge sauce in their rootbeer float, the teen who threw up after chugging coffee, or the person with tons of dietary restrictions, it was never dull. However, the most exciting days were when you walked in.

You were a regular at Mocha Monkey, and Prussia had liked you from the day you walked in with an actual bald eagle on your arm (turns out you’d borrowed it from a local animal rescue shelter). He’d soon learned your usual hours and aligned his shifts with them. The two of you had been talking more often lately, him coincidentally going on break just after you ordered.

“Would you like to go on a date with me?” The words were out of his mouth before he could stop them. Shit. He hadn’t intended on asking that.

You blinked in surprise for a moment. Then, to his immense relief, you agreed. In that moment, you were pretty much the awesomest person he’d ever met.

Spain Spain was just passing through the town on a search for the best homegrown tomato when he decided to pop into a local coffeehouse. He strode right up to the counter, read the menu, and looked to place his order.

That was when his eyes met yours. “I … uh …” His voice didn’t seem to work anymore. “I …”

“Yes?” You asked, politely puzzled.

“I’ll have … uh …” Spain finally just read the first item on the menu. He’d forgotten what he wanted. When you handed him his drink, he rushed out of there as fast as he could.

A couple weeks later, Spain was once again passing through. This time, however, he was prepared. Luckily, you were working again. Making sure the place wasn’t busy, he walked up to you. “I’d like a date, please.” He grinned a bit sheepishly.

Spain knew Romano would laugh his ass off upon hearing the story, but all he cared about was your answer: yes.

- Mod Husky

George W. Bush and Laura W. Bush have adopted a new puppy. The former first couple announced on Facebook that they brought home little “Freddy Bush” last week after visiting an SPCA facility in Dallas. “We already love him, and even our cats Bob and Bernadette are finding Freddy’s charm futile to resist. If you could use a little extra joy in your life, consider adopting a pet from an animal shelter or rescue group.” ) 

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Notes: I need to stop with the pun titles. You have no idea how much I want a black labrador called Theo so here’s me living through Harry and the missus with Theo the lab. Sorry it’s short! I’m trying to build up the background first as to how Harry and the missus create the beginning of their lives together. Enjoy x


It had been discussed and discussed but now you were engaged and beginning the process of looking for THE Styles family home, the talk about getting a dog became more of a ‘when’ than an ‘if’. With Harry now on an extended break from the band, despite his upcoming filming schedule, you both knew you could make it work. With you only working three days a week on your studio internship, which came to an end in May, you’d be able to look after the dog while Harry was filming and while you concentrated the rest of your time on your photography and art.

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anonymous asked:

Is it okay to have a pet as a vegan?

To me it depends on several factors:

Ask yourself why you want a pet. Are you doing it because you want to rescue an animal or because you think it would be cool to own one? Do you want to help protect and better the life(lives) of the animal(s) you take in or do you want to have the animal for material reasons?

Secondly, I would examine where the pet is coming from. Is this animal in need of help? Are you adopting an animal from a shelter, a rescue group, or saving it from an undesirable fate? Do not buy from pet stores and do not buy from breeders. Doing so should be considered harmful as it creates a supply and demand (This means breeding programs and/or taking animals from the wild this is a giant subtopic that could be like five other posts tbh).

Third, do you have the necessary knowledge and resources to care for these animals? Do you have the appropriate space? Can you provide a safe environment and proper care? Do you have the necessary financial stability?

Lastly, I would just say think of animals as companions. They are not objects or accessories. They are sentient beings. Don’t do anything to them that will stress them out or harm them. Don’t do anything to them that you wouldn’t want done to you. Always look out for their best interests.

To answer your question, I do believe that vegans can care for animals. However, I believe that doing so should be done appropriately and for the right reasons.

If you’re shopping for an animal lover this holiday season, here’s some good gifts to get them instead of a pet!

  • Zoo memberships (some are pricier than others and some zoos maintain better standards of care than others)
  • Adopt-an-animal programs- lots of zoos have programs where you give money to them for an animal’s care and in return they send you usually a certificate, a little booklet about the animal, and a cute plush to hug! You can also “adopt” wild animals through various research organizations, including the World Wildlife Foundation
  • A donation in name to an animal rescue, shelter, or rehabilitation facility
  • Something from Etsy with their favorite animal on it- support an independent artist at the same time!
  • If you know they want a new pet, some habitat furniture, decor, heating elements, lightbulbs, or bedding might be nice. Ask first, though- see if there’s anything specific they need or want.
  • A cute bird feeder with some high quality seed or suet treats or a birdbath for the garden
  • A book about animals or nature
  • DVDs or Blu-rays of nature programs (I highly recommend Planet Earth) and documentaries 
  • Literally anything that’s not a pet
  • Don’t give out animals for presents
  • Pets are not presents

Why is it so bad to give pets as presents? The winter holidays are a super busy time for human families, filled with vacations, travel, and an inconstant schedule. They’re just not a good time to bring an animal into your home, and it’s never a good idea to surprise anybody with an animal they might not be equipped to care for. This is especially true for small pets, which have the misfortune of being considered “disposable” or “short-term pets” by many individuals and of course, bettas and goldfish, the lives of which are so often cut drastically short. 

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I have been in desperate need of posting more original art and characters, so here are my newest ones! I actually first got the idea for them a while back, while I was thinking about video games… I thought up a story called “The Big Top”, about a young bearded girl who has to go on a quest to save her fellow-circus-performer friends that have been taken hostage by a rival carnival in a neighboring town.

I mostly just wanted to make a big, fun cast full of bright colors and a wide variety of body types. I imagined that each of them would be a playable character with their own sets of skills. I actually haven’t thought up names for them yet! I’ve just been referring to them by their roles. They are, in order:

  • The Bearded Girl & The Wolf Boy They’re siblings, their mom (the Bearded Lady) helped found the Big Top with the current Ring Leader. Her kids followed in her footsteps and became acrobats and tightrope walkers. While most characters are referred to by their performances, the siblings go by their appearances since they inherited their abundance of body hair from their parents and are proud of it. They live in Mexico but visit the Big Top for extended periods to help out and practice.
  • The Ring Leader She created the Big Top about 40 years ago with a group of friends. Many of them were homeless and made money doing odd jobs or street performances. It took a lot of hard work to even start the Big Top as a meager stage in a vacant lot, but over the years she helped foster it into what it is now. It also offered a home to many, giving them work as performers, vendors, animal caretakers, etc. The Ring Leader is fiercely protective over everyone who comes through, and she works both as the show-runner and an occasional daredevil (she’s progressively being forced not to).
  • The Clown Wizard They’re a little more inspired by the video game idea.. I wanted to do an unusual take on a classic “mage”. They’re the second-oldest in the group, despite being so dang short. And their pale complexion isn’t from makeup, it’s albinism! They don’t talk much, but they’re extremely sociable and a huge crowd-pleaser. Even their fellow performers have no idea how they manage some of their tricks.. they suspect the Wizard might really be magic.
  • The Twins They have part-time jobs working at the Big Top as stand-up comedians and jugglers. Their conversations have excellent chemistry, a classic comic vs straight man routine. They bounce of each other quickly as a result of having no personal space and knowing each other way too well. The “comic” also has a shockingly dark streak, with a huge fascination for ghosts, gore, and conspiracies. He also knows WAY too much misc. health info about conjoined twins after doing lots of extensive research.
  • The Contortionist The newest member of the group! He’s got some pretty obvious design elements that I like (COUGHGANGREENGANGCOUGH), but also a big ol Bird of Paradise head. I actually don’t have much figured out about him yet! MOVING ON.
  • Hodge Podge Possibly the cutest thing I have ever created? Look at that thing. It’s a rescue animal that they adopted from a nearby shelter that realized it wouldn’t have the room or resources to care for it. It was rescued from an underground organization that was breeding “luxury pets”. It’s pretty docile and likes being in the company of others. The circus has a small petting zoo (established by one of the founding members) and they often take in rescues of uncommon species, even if it’s just until they can find a better home. Because Hodge Podge is SO uncommon, and so friendly, they’ve decided to keep it permanently. 

And that’s it! I also have some sketches of the rival carnival group that still need to be colored too, hopefully I’ll have em up soon! Oh, and that last picture is “we all forgot to do our laundry and the washing machine broke so now we have to hang out at the laundromat in our pajamas for a few hours”.

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October is National Pit Bull Month. I have been seeing some wonderful campaigns going around to promote positive Pit bull awareness. Sophie Gamand Photography has taken this awareness to a whole new level with her images that I have fallen in love with. She is fighting the stereotype that this breed is harsh, scary, unpredictable, etc. by photographing rescue pit bulls in a much softer way by placing flower crowns on their head. She aims to show their sensitive, soft, sweet side that the world unfortunately fails to see due to media coverage. All of her subjects are dogs available for adoption in efforts to promote the breed within shelters because they are the most euthanized breed in shelters due to discrimination. You should check out her beautiful series and join in the cause! Here are my efforts and addition to the #pitbullflowerpower campaign. 

We rescued Jimmy from an animal control shelter. When we went in, we had a really good idea of what we wanted, a shaggy, teddy bear like dog that was medium sized…. def. the exact opposite of Jimmy. We never imagined we would be taking home a little pit bull mix let alone looking at one while at the shelter. Anyone who has ever met Jimmy knows that he is the happiest, sweetest, most gentle dog. He loves dogs, people, and the worst thing he could ever do is soak you with kisses. After owning Jimmy, my own view of the breed has changed drastically and I fell in love. He changed our lives and hearts as much as we did for him, and I am so glad that we brought him home that day.